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The picturesque of the Maldives entices visitors just to come and enjoy the breeze of the wonderful, calming tropical beach. However, many visitors are keen to pursue water sports, particularly scuba diving for which the island is famous. Snorkeling, windsurfing and sailing are available at all resorts but less demanding while water-skiing and parasailing are available at some of the bigger ones and is more expensive.

Diving

Maldives is the ultimate paradise for scuba diving, an estimated 60% of visitors dive at least once. There are a host of renowned diving sites, many can be reached from resorts - the rest are accessible by boat or diving safari trips. Apart from multitudinous fish and corals, there is the thrill of diving with turtles, manta rays, moray eels, whales, and sharks, and exploring some of the Maldives ship wrecks, including the Maldives Victory off Hulule Airport, believed be one of the most exciting wreck drives in the world.

Surfing

There is some excellent surf in the Maldives; however, there are few accessible breaks within the tourism zone and they only work from March to November. Another option for surfers is to base themselves at resorts and take a short boat trip to the nearby breaks or taking a live-aboard surfing safari cruise to the less accessible area. Either way, arranging in advance with a well known surf travel operator is recommended as Maldives is not a place that surfers can just turn up spontaneously.

During the south-west monsoon (May to November) the best waves and breaks occur on the outer reefs on the south-east sides of the atolls where only the gap in the reefs permit the waves to wrap around. All of the reliable and recognized breaks in the tourism zone are located in the North Male and South Male Atolls.

Island hopping

All the resorts offer guests the chance to visit some of the nearby islands, usually on full or half day 'island hopping' trips. Generally, a full-day trip includes a visit to a fishing village on an inhabited island, an uninhabited island for snorkeling and a barbecue lunch, after that to another resort island where drink and provision are offered. Half-day trips usually only go to a fishing village and an inhabited island for snorkeling.

Fishing

Most resorts operate regular night fishing trips; about a dozen people go out in a dhoni for 2 or 3 hours each with a handline and a bucket full of bait. On a typical evening more than 80% of them are expected to catch something and all would get a few nibbles. They can also arrange to have the catch prepared by the resort's chef.

Some resorts operate traditional Maldivian fishing trips, which depart early in the morning and return in the afternoon. Traditional fishing is for tuna, using only a pole, line and unbaited hook. This is provides for a much more authentic experience. For the high rollers there is a big game fishing on the open sea between the atolls using a fast modern boat and some specialized equipment. This is an upmarket option however, there is a 'tag and release' policy, which means you are not allowed to keep your catch so bring your camera along.